Nybakat!’s original recipe looks quiet simple: mix eight old traditional Scandinavian folk songs with different “spicy” genre-crossing rhythms; add two original tunes with ethnic music flavor; pour some “jazzy”
sauce; but the most important of all don’t forget about the feeling of proportions and excitement of making change!
The result is very colorful, fresh music–bakery that can please both experienced and beginner music taster.
Nybakat! band started in 2005 when inspired by Scandinavian folk tunes jazz pianist Ira Mogilevsky improvised on few famous Swedish songs.
The melodies that Swedish people were singing all their life, sounded completely new for Ira, who by that time recently moved to Sweden from Israel and was raised on Russian and Israeli culture. Encouraged by reaction of “native” Swedes on these first experiments, she continued to discover and arrange Scandinavian folk songs in a quiet independent and sometimes unpredictable way. That was the case when the lack of knowledge created certain freedom from “cliché”.
What would you say about playing “Fjäriln Vingad” of 18th Century Swedish classic C.M. Bellman as odd meter
boogie-woogie? Why not to try to add to the Swedish traditional tune “Vårvindar friska” some impressionistic mood or caribbean rhythms to a spring melody “Nu grönskar det”?
The concept of “mixture” is reflected not only in music of Nybakat!, but in the cultural and musical backgrounds of its members:
Swedish saxophonist Björn Dahlberg is playing Scandinavian, Bulgarian, African music. and also touring around the world with pop groups. Björn is a composer of two original songs on the CD and arranger of “Limu Limu Lima”.
Vlad Nedelin born in Estonia, studied in https://www.tradebit.comersburg and Jerusalem. Besides his carrier as a jazz drummer, he played Irish, Balkanian music, alternative rock and fusion.
Ira Mogilevsky was raised on classical music.
Markus Hängsel is coming from South of Sweden. He is very requested jazz bass player in Sweden. Markus is interested
in all possible genres of music and his own compositions cross the borders of “standard”.
The great asset to Nybakat!’s CD is young talented jazz singer Sara Niklasson who is singing on two tracks and playing violin on two other tracks. Her warm, clear voice adds a tint of charming simplicity borrowed from folk music on which Sara was raised.
Such a variety of styles, origins and influences creates interesting mosaic in which strong rhythmical energy of jazz merges naturally with simple, recognizable folk tunes; unlimited freedom of improvisation intertwines
with nearly classical approach to the composition; odd ethnic meters get along with simple "pop" beats.
All this makes the music of Nybakat! fresh and catchy,
but in the same time challenging and original.
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